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Political Islam, secular elite and democracy in the Middle East (1) by A. KADİR YILDIRIM

In Op-Ed

What is a bigger threat to democratization in the Middle East, reigning secular-elite parties and regimes or popular Islamic parties?

Government 2.0: How Social Media Could Transform Gov PR

In web 2.0

It’s easy to see governments as nameless, faceless monoliths, something impersonal or, even worse, untrustworthy. Much of that is because government culture remains steeped in traditional ideas about public relations and outreach work, notions that have become archaic in an Internet-enabled, hyper-connected world. Just as private companies are learning to embrace social media to manage brand reputations, governments must adapt if they wish to effectively communicate with their "customers" — a.k.a. their citizens and stakeholders.

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger, “Paying the Tax (The Tax Collector)”, oil on panel, 1620 – found in Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art’s Acquisitions




What made Harold Pinter a fine dramatist – free association, unreliable recollections, non-sequiturs – also made him a bad political activist… more»more»more»more»more»more»

Forget Europe!

By Homi K. Bhabha, E. Efe Çakmak

For journals, Europe as a concept is worthwhile only if conceived of as a threshold to be surpassed, Homi Bhabha argues in interview with Emrah Efe Çacmak. Their work is per se internationalist and has to link communities of intellectuals and activists around the world.

Forget journals!

By E. Efe Çakmak, Mark C. Taylor

The image must be liberated from the tyranny of the word, appeals Mark C. Taylor. The philosopher berates journals for their anachronistic graphocentrism and argues that multimedia has become the multilingualism of the younger generation.

How intelligent are intelligence tests?: Whitehead responds

By gregdowney on theory of mind

Dear readers. Dr. Charles Whitehead wrote a long and thoughtful response to my earlier post on the Flynn Effect, but I worried that comments may not get read as often (or carefully) as the main posts, so I’m taking the liberty of giving Dr. Whitehead his own post. For more about Charles Whitehead’s work and his online activities, see Charles Whitehead: Social Mirrors here at Neuroanthropology.

From an anthropological point of view cognitive scientists are being less than rational when they treat intelligence scales as though they are measuring something fundamental and innate in human beings. No doubt innate abilities are used by people when they tackle IQ tests, but it is unlikely that such abilities evolved under selection pressure for this kind of problem solving.

Participatory Media Literacy: Why it matters

By Prof Wesch on Smatterings

Those of us striving to integrate participatory media literacy practices into our classes often face resistance.  Other faculty might argue that we are turning away from the foundations of print literacy, or worse, pandering to our tech-obsessed students.  Meanwhile, students might resist too, wondering why they have to learn to use a wiki in an anthropology class.   The surprising-to-most-people-fact is that students would prefer less technology in the classroom (especially *participatory* technologies that force them to do something other than sit back and memorize material for a regurgitation exercise).  We use social media in the classroom not because our students use it, but because we are afraid that social media might be using them – that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create.

Doctoral Education: Problems & Solutions

By Reflection Cafe

DOCTORAL EDUCATION AND THE FACULTY OF THE FUTURE
Ronald G. Ehrenberg (Editor); Charlotte V. Kuh (Editor)
Cornell University Press, 2008
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American colleges and universities simultaneously face large numbers of faculty retirements and expanding enrollments. Budget constraints have led colleges and universities to substitute part-time and full-time non-tenure-track faculty for tenure-track faculty, and the demand for faculty members will likely be high in the decade ahead.

The State of the Humanities

“Indicators” are released to provide data on students, faculty and American life.
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Taraf is Turkey’s ‘most courageous newspaper’ | Media | guardian.co.uk

Taraf, a small-circulation liberal daily launched in November 2007, is currently regarded as ‘Turkey’s most courageous newspaper’. It may sell only 60,000 copies a day – but it has won a reputation for breaking stories that no other paper dares to touch."

Istanbul Calling: A Scrappy Fighter in Turkey’s Media Battles

An Embattled Newspaper That Asks The Necessary Ugly Questions

By Jenny White on Taraf

The upstart newspaper Taraf has thrust itself into the centre of Turkish politics with a series of courageous challenges to the military and the government. Circulation is up – but the advertisers are gone…

In the often unreliable world of Tu
rkish newspapers, Taraf distinguished itself by asking ugly questions: about the military’s performance against the militant separatists of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and about the army’s dominant role in Turkish politics; about the prime minister’s commitment to human rights; and of course, about Ergenekon. The prelude to true democratic reform, the paper seemed to insist, was a truly open and free platform for spirited debate…

Journalism in the guise of science

By SABAH EMRE AKÖZ on Turkish Press Review

I was not planning to touch on the study conducted by Professor Binnaz Toprak and her associates until another debate was rekindled. But, the interview Toprak gave to the Vatan newspaper on Sunday did not allow me to do this.

THE YEAR IN NEWSPAPERS: TRENDS TO FOLLOW IN 2009

By John Burke

To say the least, 2008 proved a difficult year for newspapers in many nations. Rising printing and distribution costs, waning circulations and fragmented audiences continued to challenge a business model that seems increasingly outdated. And despite many promising advancements made by newspaper companies in Internet and mobile, revenues remain far behind those of print.

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